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ABOUT YOUR VEGGIE CSA SHARE
Becoming a CSA member means a weekly supply of freshly picked produce straight from our farm! What’s included varies throughout the season, though every share will include at least one salad green and one sautéing or braising green. Periodically, we may include special items such as microgreens and edible flowers, seedlings or tote bags, and/or our own jarred goods like hot sauce and honey.
ABOUT YOUR FLOWER CSA SHARE
Flower shares will include one bouquet per week of seasonal wildflowers grown right on the roof! Break your bouquets up into smaller arrangements for multiple rooms, or select out a few individual blooms to place in bud vases on your bathroom counter, bedside table, etc. Nothing perks up a room like fresh flowers!
ABOUT OUR FARM
Brooklyn Grange is the leading rooftop farming and intensive green roofing business in the US, entering our ninth growing season. We operate the world’s largest rooftop soil farms, located on two roofs in New York City, and grow over 50,000 lbs of organically-cultivated produce per year using no synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides. Our leading crops are nutrient-rich, crisp leafy greens, but we grow a wide variety of delicious vegetables, such as kale, chard, carrots, peppers hot and sweet, eggplants, cucumbers, mixed herbs, onions, radishes, turnips, heirloom and cherry tomatoes, and more.
In addition to growing and distributing fresh local vegetables and herbs, Brooklyn Grange also hosts events and educational programming, provides urban farming and green roof consulting and installation services to clients worldwide, and partners with numerous non-profit organizations throughout New York to promote healthy and strong local communities.
FIRST TIME CSA MEMBER? HERE ARE SOME THINGS TO KNOW!
PLEASE THINK OVER WHETHER YOU CAN MAKE THE PICKUP WINDOW!
We wish we could make ourselves--and our veggies--available 24/7, but alas we cannot, so if you can't pick up during the window specified, our CSA share is not the right one for you. We do not allow late pickup, hold shares until the next day, or double up on shares to make up for missed weeks. A CSA share is a big commitment, and we want our members to be happy they enrolled. Remember, you can always swing by and shop a la carte at our Saturday farmstand if you aren't ready to make a commitment to the full CSA share.
You pay 100% of the fees up front.
Like a magazine subscription, you pay for the entire season now, then get a weekly share of our produce harvest mid-May through October.
If you miss a share, you miss a share.
We don't offer early, late, or next day pickups, or doubling up on your share next week if you missed this past week. We do offer the opportunity to opt-in to a contact info-sharing platform with other members so you can switch weeks with folks and take their share when they go out of town, then let them take yours when you're away.
You get what you get (and you don't get upset!)
We are extremely loyal to our CSA members, and typically, you get the cream of the crop. We know you're busy New Yorkers with small kitchens, so rather than sending you home with pounds and pounds of potatoes, onions, and baseball-bat sized carrots, we focus on higher-value items that make more sense for an apartment dweller cooking in summer: lots of salad greens, braising greens, herbs, and reasonable amounts of carrots, radishes, cucumbers, zucchini, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, etc. However, we may occasionally include things you don't like (cilantro). Don't like it? Don't take it! Not sure how to use it, or even what the heck it is? Don't worry, we send weekly emails the day before your pickup with the list of items and preparation tips!
Do you require members to volunteer a certain number of hours per week?
No! There is no volunteer requirement with our CSA.
Do you offer half shares?
No, we do not offer half shares, and we don't recommend trying to split our shares with a friend as we'll often include a single cucumber that will be tough to divide at the pickup location, but we are happy to have you and a friend alternate pickup weeks!
Do you offer payment installment plans?
CSA memberships, like magazine subscriptions, are secured with a flat fee, paid upfront. Unfortunately we've had too many members flake out mid-season once we've already planned and planted the crops for the full season based on our expectations of membership numbers, so we no longer offer the option of multiple payments.
SAMPLE CSA SHARES:
New members frequently ask what they can expect to find in their shares. Below are sample shares taken from our 2017 membership records. You’ll notice that in spring, shares tend to trend towards leafier greens like salad mixes, kale and herbs (and therefore tend to be lighter in weight/value), while in midsummer nightshades and cucurbits rule, and fall sees more root veggies and hardy greens. We aim to exceed the market value of your share each week, but sometimes our smaller harvests in the beginning and end of the year mean that we do not have $25 worth of a variety of produce for our members. Rest assured, we do keep track of the value of our shares and will make up for lighter spring shares with higher-value, bounteous shares in summer.
Our shares are extremely seasonal, offering a balanced diet as mother nature intended it! We recommend them for one person who cooks vegetarian meals at home most nights, two people who cook omnivorous meals 3-4 nights a week, or to supplement the shopping needs of a larger residence.
Sweet lettuce mix, chives, hakurei turnips, escarole, french breakfast radishes, mint, lacinato kale, sunflower shoots
A quart of heirloom tomatoes, basil, arugula, leeks, shishito peppers, garlic, cucumbers, onions, fairytale eggplant
Mustard greens mix, carrots, jalapeños, ground cherries, onions, bok choy, rainbow chard, sweet bell peppers
See below for some examples of the colorful, flavorful veggie shares we've put together in the past!
See below for some examples of the beautiful, colorful, fragrant flower shares we've put together in the past!